The Army Has a Change of Heart

by on Oct.28, 2011, under News, Tattoos-Body Art

by Tattoosue on October 28, 2011

This goes to show you how out of touch the armed services is with young people. Army leaders want to establish an overhaul to the Army’s grooming standards.

After years of strict regulations, the Army finally loosened up their requirements in 2006. They started allowing soldiers to have hand and neck tattoos. Women were allowed to style their hair with braids and cornrows.  Permanent lip-liner and eye makeup were given the green light and women were even allowed to wear a discreet amount of makeup.  Buzz cuts were allowed to grow out.

But now the higher ups in the army say they are tired of soldiers looking like “thugs” – they believe that by tightening up their grooming standards, they can improve the army’s image.  Now recommendations are being made to limit French manicures, facial hair guidelines, and, of course, body modifications.

“I believe we can better visualize to the American people and the Army what it means to be an American soldier than we’re doing now,” Chandler, the senior enlisted adviser to the Army chief of staff and the designated spokesman for enlisted soldiers, told Army Times.

My own opinion – if you are willing to lay down your life for your country – then what’s the big deal?  The army takes a step in the right direction and gets rid of “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” and now – they’re regressing with this move.


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